ROCK ISLAND.







earlier this week i visited rock island state park with friends.
we picked up snacks at the town market before heading down the road.
although it's technically fall, the days here are holding on to the last bit of summer.
we walked through the river and climbed up waterfalls searching for a place to enjoy
the sun and water. we caught up while sitting on the cliffs and watched the rushing water
below our feet. we lost the fight to mosquitoes but enjoyed one of the last few summer sunsets.


HAPPY FALL.







happy fall everyone!

the weather here in nashville was glorious today, perfect for the start of the season.
i sipped on iced pumpkin coffee, threw on my favorite plaid shirt and spent the day outdoors.
this is one of my favorite times of the year. the cooler weather, changing colors and cozy clothing
are just a few reasons why i'd pick autumn over any other season. not to mention all of the fun it brings.


my fall bucketlist //

+ go on a hayride
+ go apple picking
+ eat a caramel apple
+ collect giant pinecones
+ drink a few pumpkin ales
+ take a foggy morning walk
+ crunch leaves under my feet
+ purchase a cinnamon candle
+ wander through a cornmaze
+ make s'mores over a bonfire
+ enjoy a pumpkin spiced latte
+ have a scary movie marathon
+ purchase a few cozy cardigans
+ pick a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch


what are you looking forward to this season?





SUNDAY PICNIC.






for our last weekend together, we decided to have a picnic in the woods.
we picked up lunch from the fresh market. it took us two months to find out
there was an incredible little township just outside of pittsburgh and well worth
the drive. we chose to re-visit oglebay park and got lost deep in the campground.
we sipped on warm coffee and listened to ben howard while carter grilled chicken
and vegetables. we were joined by a family of deer while we ate. they must be used
to the park's visitors. after lunch, we enjoyed a few s'mores to welcome the fall season.

the perfect end to my summer spent on the road.


TUESDAY TUNES.








01 // "wait" - m83
02 // "nude" - radiohead
03 // "holocene" - bon iver
04 // "the scientist" - coldplay
05 // "resolution" - matt corby
06 // "the winner is" - devotchka
07 // "heartbeats" - jose gonzalez
08 // "burgh island" - ben howard
09 // "arrivals n.2" - dustin o'halloran
10 // "your hand in mine" - explosions in the sky



i'm in an awfully sentimental mood. today is my last day in the mountain state.
eighty five days here in triadelphia, west virginia. with a few side trips in between.
tomorrow i am flying home. it will be tough to spend a few weeks away from carter
but we will reunite for a beach getaway in one of our favorite places. i'm so excited to
spend some time at home. seeing sweet friends, a sigur ros concert, the color run and my
favorite nashville spots. but while i am in the air, here is what will be playing. hope you enjoy!



HOCKING HILLS.






on labor day, we woke up early to spend the day in the woods.
we researched areas near marietta, ohio and found hocking hills nearby.
i knew we had to go after seeing photos on pinterest months ago and after
a few friends suggested it. as we drove down the highway we were surrounded
by fog. we pulled up to the park around ten and were surprised by how crowded
it seemed. we hiked down to old man's cave and were blown away by its' beauty.
we also hiked grandma gatewood's trail which was named after the first woman to
hike the entire appalachian trail and at the age of sixty-seven [!!!] we visited the falls
but a dry season had left them pretty wimpy. we walked until we could barely feel our
feet and got caught in a thunderstorm on the way back to the car. this park is a great day
trip for families or for outdoor lovers like us. make sure you arrive early, this place fills up fast!

SATURDAY IN THE CITY, PART ll.











RANDOM FACTS ABOUT PITTSBURGH:

+ there are more than 445 bridges.
+ the pittsburgh salad : take any salad and add french fries...
+ the great allegheny passage will take you to washington, dc.
+ carnegie museum of art was the world's first museum of modern art.
+ george romero has filmed many of his "living dead" films in the city.


there seems to never be enough time to explore this place. during our summer spent in
the northeast, we stayed in three towns within an hour from downtown pittsburgh. we've
enjoyed coming into the city and discovering all of the places we will forever love. this is my
last week up north. while carter finishes his job here, i am heading home for the rest of the month.


check out some of my favorite posts from pennsylvania herehere and here.


SUNDAY HIKE.










this weekend we decided to head back to ohiopyle for our sunday hike.
we grabbed blueberry muffins for breakfast and a few cliff bars for the trail.
the weather was perfect. the sun barely peeking through the overcast skies and
the temperature at a comfortable seventy degrees. we decided to hike the ferncliff natural 
area that loops around the 100 acre peninsula and is surrounded by the youghiogheny river.
the trail offers great views of the falls and plenty of places to stop and enjoy the scenery.



LABOR DAY WEEKEND.









over the weekend we took a little road trip to marietta, ohio to celebrate labor day.
we stayed at the historic lafayette hotel overlooking the ohio river and watched the
sun set from the rooftop. we stopped by a few of our favorite spots mbc and the galley
for dinner and drinks. explored some of wayne national forest. walked across the river to
visit harmar village and all over the rest of this cozy town until we could barely feel our toes.

MEADOW RUN.











on the side of the road is a wooden staircase leading down to the river.
at the bottom lies white caps on rushing waters. it flows as far as the eye
can see. over the years, a natural waterslide has formed due to erosion. we
sat on the rocks with our feet hanging over the side. watching the few who
braved the water. we walked along the banks and cooled off in the shade.


god made a whole beautiful earth and decided to put you in it,
to experience all of this beauty. you can't do that watching television all the time.

 -  donald miller